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Custom Data Logging from a Siemens PLC to Microsoft SQL Using VBScript
Alexander Yared

Custom Data Logging from a Siemens PLC to Microsoft SQL Using VBScript

DMC worked on a project where we wanted to log data to a local Microsoft SQL server to be able to save and display it using Microsoft Report Designer. However, the standard format of Siemens’ data log did not match up with the schema we wanted to use in our SQL table. Not all projects require a full PC Station, there is also the option of using a Comfort Panel and logging data as a CSV file to the onboard USB drive or SD card slot. For a walkthrough of that method, visit my colle...

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Automation with an Arduino, PLC, or Custom Embedded Controls?
Josh Smith

Automation with an Arduino, PLC, or Custom Embedded Controls?

Automation and control come in a lot of different varieties and flavors. On the surface, Arduinos, PLCs, and embedded controls all appear to do the same function. So how do you determine which is best for your application? In this post, I’ll detail some of the pros and cons, as well as the typical applications of Arduino microcontrollers, PLCs and custom embedded projects. What's the Difference? Arduino is a common brand of microcontroller with built-in digital and analog, inp...

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Creating Multiple Pivot Charts from One Table of Data in Excel
Jamie Handelman

Creating Multiple Pivot Charts from One Table of Data in Excel

Have you ever wanted to create multiple PivotCharts in Excel showing different data from one table? I know I have, plenty of times! This step-by-step tutorial will show you a quick and easy way to create PivotCharts that all refresh, update and filter together. The first thing you'll want to do is open the applicable Excel sheet that you'd like to create PivotCharts in. I created a sample table of data for this tutorial. From this table, I want three different charts s...

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DMC at AWC Best Fest in San Antonio
Jason Mayes

DMC at AWC Best Fest in San Antonio

DMC is excited to exhibit at AWC Best Fest on February 21, 2019. This event will take place at Top Golf in San Antonio, Texas. DMC is proud to help sponsor this event. AWC's Best Fest will include four different tech seminars, a technology tradeshow, entertainment with a high-tech driving range and multiple games.  Come check out DMC's table at this event and network with our engineers. Our Tilt Table Demo will be live at our table. Event Details and Registration:...

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DMC Boston goes Ice Skating
Karen Hsu

DMC Boston goes Ice Skating

As winter came, DMC Boston's office couldn't wait any longer to hit below freezing temperatures, so the office decided to go ice skating together. The skating activity was favored by just one more vote over the other option, which was a cozy board game night. But who's counting? Activity fund outings are fun events everyone is encouraged to plan and invite other employees and their friends to, and DMC helps cover the cost. DMC's activity fund is an excellent way to b...

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Introducing the #DMCSWAG Challenge
Jessica Mlinaric

Introducing the #DMCSWAG Challenge

Here at DMC, we love sporting fun and useful stuff stamped with the company logo. From our DMC Athletics hoodies to our dancing robot, we have a blast designing new items and sharing them with team members, clients, partners, and friends.    So far, DMC SWAG has made it all the way to China and Africa! We'd love to see where in the world DMC SWAG goes next. So, we're introducing a photo contest featuring DMC branded items.  Need DMC SWAG? Email us and we&r...

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Redundancy in WinCC + Process Historian Connection
John Michael Frullo

Redundancy in WinCC + Process Historian Connection

Certain control systems require operation 24/7, 365. That is: these systems should always be in action! In such applications, a fault in the controller or computer could prove disastrous. Therefore, redundant systems are introduced to handle automatic fail-over in the case of a primary system fault. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are a prime candidate for redundant applications, as they monitor and control the status of the entire operation. DMC has worked with sever...

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DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film
Jamie Handelman

DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film

At the beginning of each month, all DMC offices call in for an all-company meeting. During this meeting, we share knowledge and information on projects, introduce new employees, celebrate anniversaries and give office updates.  Everyone gets most excited about the office update video that comes at the end of the meeting. This tradition started a few years back with the Boston office, and we now switch offices every month for who will give the update. Over time, it became a competiti...

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DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy
Elisha Harris

DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy

The year was 1933. The men sported their suspenders and fedoras, and the women dressed in their fancy flapper attire. It was also the official ending of the very unpopular Prohibition era, and everyone was celebrating and imbibing whatever they could get their hands on.   The Last Speakeasy Every year on the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, the Chicago History Museum hosts the Last Speakeasy where attendees partake in an evening filled with dancing, (fake) gambling...

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DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018
Jamie Handelman

DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018

One of DMC's annual traditions is having an off-site All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) where everyone takes the day off project work to learn, share knowledge, team-build, and spend time together outside of the office. Our ADCMs have taken us everywhere from ice skating in Chicago to roaming historic Boston. These company meetings are a chance for our offices to combine forces as well. This year, Chicago and St. Louis combined for their ADCM as did our offices on the West Coast. Our All Day ...

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LUSH Welcome Party
Maddie Drake

LUSH Welcome Party

After training in Chicago and kicking off my career at DMC by helping out in Reno, I finally made my way back to my home office of Houston. Being back permitted me to have my very own welcome party which every employee at gets. Everyone chooses their own party location and it's a great chance to get to know more people at DMC. I thought, what better activity to do to bond with an office full of men than to make bath bombs at my favorite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly cosmetic...

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Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC
Erlis Kllogjri

Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC

One of the many perks of joining DMC is that whenever new employees come onboard, welcome parties are planned to celebrate the occasion. David Wylen and I chose to have our welcome party be a cocktail making class at the Chicago Distilling Company. The event proved to be more informative than expected, but as much fun as we hoped. It then dawned on me, with the help of a Russian mule, that the process of making a cocktail is an excellent analogy to the process I underwent when I joined DMC. P...

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DMC is Expanding to Dallas
Ryan Landwehr

DMC is Expanding to Dallas

DMC is proud to announce that we're expanding to Dallas! Just a four-hour drive from our Houston office, the new Dallas location will help strengthen DMC's presence in the booming economic regions of North Texas and Oklahoma. While we are targeting Summer 2019 for the official opening, we're actively supporting current customers from our Houston office and building new relationships in the area. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the new DMC Dallas tea...

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DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity
Edmund Sales

DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity

In October, DMC Chicago said goodbye our desks and hello to a build site as we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to assist in building more affordable housing for people in need. Decent, affordable housing opportunities matter for our Chicago neighbors and Habitat for Humanity not only aids in building the homes, but they contribute to the purchase of the house and help with education on home maintenance and financial management. This is why nine of our employees bundled up on a bliste...

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Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks

When using Telerik to graph in .NET, there are some tips and tricks to remember. Refer to Using Telerik to Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET for the basis of this blog. Populate Your Chart with Data – Series Provider In Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET, you saw an example of how to add data to a chart using a series. This was easy to do, but included a lot of repetition if you needed multiple items to be plotted. To make this easier and more extensible, we c...

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Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018
Robert Viramontes

Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018

In October, DMC New York took celebrated the fall weather by heading up to the Hudson Valley. DMCers near and far traveled to New York to enjoy autumnal activities and taking a break from city life. We headed out of NYC on Friday afternoon for a weekend of fun fall activities. What is a YOE anyway? The YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is when each office hosts a weekend of fun annually. In Denver, we usually go skiing. In Boston, we typically hit the Cape. The YOE is a wonderful way for employ...

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Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET

Telerik is a tool built for creating UI frameworks in a variety of platforms. I recently developed a .NET application at DMC which used Telerik’s WPF tools for graphing live data to the user interface. This blog will walk you through the creation of the graph below. Refer to Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks for more best practices.  Recommendations Start populating your graph with dummy data that you have hard coded! It will make debug...

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Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party
Andrew Mahler

Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party

Starting at DMC As I started working at DMC, I was immediately amazed by the company culture. The company introduced me to the kitchen full of free food and drinks, I have already been to multiple happy hours as well as a welcome party, and I got the chance to plan out my welcome party that took place a few weeks ago. Moving to Chicago As a new member of the Chicago community, I figured I have to explore the area and familiarize myself with my new surroundings. There is so much to see a...

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DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms
Kevin Best

DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms

What happens when a bunch of people who solve problems, aka puzzles, for a living go to an escape room? For my welcome party, we decided to find out! After pizza and happy hour at the office, the DMC Denver crew walked over to Puzzah! Escape Rooms to put our puzzle solving skills to the test. When we arrived, we split into three groups, and the Puzzah! staff read us the rules of the game: no unplugging wires, breaking down doors, or forcibly removing things from the walls. All the u...

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DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest
Nick Shea

DMC To Present at PCC Oktoberfest

DMC is excited to present two presentations at the PCC Okterberfest: Tap Into Technology event taking place on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, WI. Expect a day of seminars, workshops, a technology automation fair, hands-on product stations, and one-on-one discussions with experts.  Be sure to stop by the DMC booth and check out our DrinkBot demo! Also, don't miss out on presentations from DMC'...

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